When do you take your Christmas tree down?

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  1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    When do you take your Christmas tree down?

    My mother always took the tree down on January 7, the day after Epiphany, the Three Kings Day.
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  2. FatFreddysCat profile image99
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    Usually the first weekend of the new year... but since this weekend *IS* New Year's, it'll wait till the weekend after.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Keith. Happy New Year.

  3. RTalloni profile image90
    RTalloniposted 2 years ago

    Generally, I take it down when it's convenient.  If I'm having guests over New Year's then it waits until the event is over.  If not, it just might come down the day after Christmas.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you RT. Happy New Year.

  4. fpherj48 profile image76
    fpherj48posted 2 years ago

    Phyllis.......INTERESTING!  You are the first person I know whose family ALSO waited until after the Epiphany.  My Dad's parents were Ukranian Orthodox Catholics who celebrated Christmas on Jan 6th.......so as kids we had TWO Christmases.  Because of this, my Mom & Dad left the tree up until after the 7th................
    For the past 10 years, I haven't had to take down a tree because I don't put one up anymore.   I go to my grandchildren's home to celebrate with them.  With no little ones at my house....I use the excuse to be lazy & just not decorate.  My cat pulls the ornaments off anyway!!
    Happy New Year, Phyllis.   Peace, Paula

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Happy New Year, Paula. I leave my tree up till the 7th as my Mom did - mainly because I am lazy and put it off as long as I can. Peace, Phyllis.

  5. Besarien profile image84
    Besarienposted 2 years ago

    Definitely before next Christmas!

    Mostly we take it down (our current tree is fake) pack it up and drag it up to the attic and strip our lights outside too on New Year's Day.

    One year, we left them until mid-January because we had my brother and his family coming for Christmas from out of town but something happened. We rescheduled Christmas for like two weeks later when they finally made it.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for commenting, Besarien. Happy New Year.

  6. Jackie Lynnley profile image91
    Jackie Lynnleyposted 2 years ago

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    The very day after Christmas! I put it up Dec 2 because my Mom's birthday was Dec 1 so that has become tradition even now she is gone and I love having it up but the day after Christmas with all the packages gone it just looks so forlorn! I can't leave it up til New Year. BTW, Phyllis, don't think I wished you a Merry Christmas but hope you had one and have a very Happy New Year!

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Ah! Thank you, Jackie. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas and hope your New Year is happy and prosperous.

  7. dashingscorpio profile image86
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago

    Usually after the new year starts.
    It really depends on when the next trash or recycle day is.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for commenting scorpio. Happy New Year.

  8. peachpurple profile image82
    peachpurpleposted 2 years ago

    my mom took it down in january, she said to leave the tree in the house for harmony

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      What a nice thought your mother had. Thanks, peachy.

  9. Venkatachari M profile image29
    Venkatachari Mposted 2 years ago

    Good discussion here. I have come to know of some facts about the Christmas tree through these comments. It is just like our doubts about Ganesh Chauth, Dussera and Diwali decorations. When to remove them? I keep all of them for 3 days. Some people keep for 10 days and some for 5 days like that. Very interesting to see all these things.
    Wish all of you a Happy New Year 2016.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Venkatachari. I wish you a very Happy and prosperous New Year 2016.

  10. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
    Patty Inglish, MSposted 2 years ago

    Hi Phyllis! -

    I like to keep a small tree, Christmas and New Year's cards, and some other small decorations like Christmas mugs/cups up until the end of the Two Christmases and long New Year's celebrations that are also like Christmas in the Ukraine, all ending January 19.

    Then, Christmas and New Year's cards are great to keep up until Mardi Gras, since for that holiday, preparations (in New Orleans, anyway) begin on the 12th Day of Christmas with parades every week until the big Tuesday event.

    Also, I like to keep some decorations up that remind me of the Iroquois Nation's thanksgiving holidays/pow wows in December, January, and February. And, I love to see the white twinkle lights at night all year long in some front yards around my area. No dull January here, if I can help it.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      How delightful, Patty, to keep the decorations up for so much longer. I love the white lights all year, like some of our neighbors and businesses do. Wow! you catch a lot of holiday celebrations doing it your way.

    2. Patty Inglish, MS profile image93
      Patty Inglish, MSposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      It's uplifting to see these things when winter is dreary! Have a grand 2016!

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks, Patty. It is fun to read the comments and is cheerful. Have a wonderful 2016.

  11. lisavollrath profile image95
    lisavollrathposted 2 years ago

    I took my Christmas tree down in January of 1996, and haven't put one up since! But yes, in my family, it came down after Epiphany.

    We also had a creche, and the wise men started far away from it on Christmas Eve. Every day until Epiphany, we'd move them a little closer.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Lisa. That is a great idea to move the wise men a little each day. I like that. I think I will start doing that. Thanks.

  12. satomko profile image93
    satomkoposted 2 years ago

    After Three Kings Day.  It is tradition in my family at any rate.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Same as in mine. Thanks for commenting, Seth.

  13. Matty Fernandez profile image86
    Matty Fernandezposted 2 years ago

    Today is January 1, my tree is coming down tomorrow. I never have an exact day.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for commenting, Matty.

  14. recappers delight profile image81
    recappers delightposted 2 years ago

    We take our tree down until the first day that happens to be convenient after the New Year. Happily, that tends to coincide with Epiphany, and I like to think that we are observing Epiphany. However, I think the real truth is that we like to envision the holidays as still a relevant thing until after New year's Day.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you for commenting, recappers.

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